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2013 Total Workplace Webinar Series

The Total Workplace Program Management Office is pleased to offer the Workplace Series, a series of webinars that explores different facets of a thriving and productive workplace. The Workplace Series runs throughout Fall 2013 exploring such topics as team integration, collaboration, workplace civility, and sustainable design. The Workplace Series is open to all federal employees. Upcoming Workplace Series sessions are indicated below.

Federal employees who attend the Workplace Series may also earn the following continuing education credits for each attended session:

  • Registered American Institute of Architecture (AIA) members: learning credit under the AIA continuing education system. Interested attendees will be asked to provide their AIA number.
  • Federal Acquisition Certification (FAC) : 1 continuous learning point for each attended webinar that may be applied towards Project / Project Manager certification (FAC-P/PM), Contracting Officer certification (FAC-C), or Contracting Officer’s Representative certification (FAC-COR). Credit is subject to prior approval by the attendee’s supervisor and/or other authority that monitors the individual’s FAC continuing education requirements. Interested attendees will receive a certificate verifying their participation in the webinar.

Attendees interested in receiving credit must participate in the live session to receive credit for that webinar. Instructions on how to receive AIA and FAC credit will be provided at the start of each webinar.


Developing Meaningful Incentives
Thursday, November 21st, 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm Eastern

Businesses seeking to reduce costs often turn to real estate as an area where savings can be made. While this quantitative approach has some merit – they are often achieved at the expense of worker morale, and with little in the way of productivity or other gain. Combining this quantitative approach to workplace design with a qualitative approach generates people’s desire to work in a space, gives them choices about how and where to work in a space, and enables mobility around the workplace. This session illustrates through two examples the power of qualitative design to incentivize employee performance

Learning Objectives:

  • Understand the value of quantitative and qualitative approaches to workplace space reduction
  • Assess its application to developing the desire to work in a specific workplace
  • Learn how offering occupant workplace choices brings value to the organization

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Developing a Healthy Workforce
Thursday, December 5th, 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm Eastern

As we know, the United States is among the wealthiest nations in the world, but it is far from the healthiest. Compared to 16 other well-off nations in Europe and elsewhere, the United States occupies the bottom or near-bottom rung of the ladder in a number of health areas. This session considers some of the factors that contribute to poor health - sitting at a desk being one of them, as well as some of aspects of the built environment and workplace that can help improve physical and mental health.

Learning Objectives:

  • Gain perspective on the range of factors that contribute to poor health
  • Find out why corporate wellness programs are challenged and how more effective approaches to wellness could be introduced
  • Learn how conscious design of specific aspects of the built environment and workplace can nudge people towards better physical, mental, and emotional health
  • Appreciate that a healthy workforce contributes to higher organizational performance

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A recording of these completed Workplace Series webinars is being prepared and will soon be accessible from this web page.

Developing Team Integration and Performance
Conducted on September 26th, 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm Eastern

Workplaces today are often designed for mobility – with workers no longer at a fixed desk. This creates challenges for managers and colleagues. Common fears are that they will not be able to find each other when needed, that the person not immediately visible is not working, and that the mobile technology fosters an ‘always on’ mentality that can create work overload and stress. This webinar discusses the challenges of developing team integration and performance in mobile workforce and flexible workplace, and provide practical methods to address them.


Developing Trust, Civility, and Respect
Conducted on October 24th, 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm Eastern

Too often there is a call for ‘change management’ once the date and stage has been set for the move. This late in the project action often leads to employee anxiety, and sometimes negative or passive-aggressive behavior with resultant drops in morale and productivity.

A better approach is to involve employees in a civil, sensitive and thoughtful way from the workplace pre-design phase. This early involvement helps build the trust and respect necessary to make the workplace a desirable place to be. This webinar provides practical examples, things to avoid, and current workplace design and change management methods that should be done differently.


Developing a Culture of Collaboration
Conducted on October 31st, 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm Eastern

Leaders tend to feel that collaboration is ‘a good thing’, and that open work space will benefit collaboration. But unless there are explicit discussions around what collaboration is/is not and what the measurable benefits required from it are, it is almost impossible to design a workplace that will deliver to expectations.

This session will look at defining collaboration, then illustrate ways of tracking and managing it, and finally suggest ways of enhancing collaborative interactions.


Developing Sustainability Thinking
Conducted on November 7th, 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm Eastern

New materials and design technologies are enabling architects to design more delicate building skins that balance the competing needs of aesthetics, function, structural performance, constructability, budget, and ease of maintenance. These quantitative, measurable aspects are often the design focus yet the building skin has a major impact on qualitative aspects of building function related to occupants’ use of the workplace within the skin, their wellbeing, and their performance. This webinar considers the impact of building skin on building occupants. It draws from case examples to illustrate the value of designing building skin in relation to occupant use.


Developing Information Transparency
Conducted November 14th, 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm Eastern

This session focuses on technologies around wayfinding, specifically Global Positioning Systems (GPS) combined with Indoor Positioning Systems (IPS). Using these, buildings can be interpreted not as static shells but as hives of activity showing in real time the social patterns and vitality the building generates. From current examples participants will see how using techniques such as events layering and social mapping, they can find out what and how specific workplace locations are drawing people and how people are moving around and using the workplace.


Ryan Doerfler
(253) 709-5229

Total Workplace, Webinars